The best small, low-maintenance dogs for busy people on the go

So you want a dog, but you haven’t got the time to dedicate hours of physical and mental stimulation. It’s not that you don’t want to its simply because you don’t have the time. Perhaps you are working unsociable hours, or you have a large family. Don’t worry. There is a dog out there for […]
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So you want a dog, but you haven’t got the time to dedicate hours of physical and mental stimulation. It’s not that you don’t want to its simply because you don’t have the time. Perhaps you are working unsociable hours, or you have a large family. Don’t worry. There is a dog out there for you! We all want that little light in our lives, and something to come home to, or to entertain the family. A dog is a perfect choice, although the right breed choice needs to fit into your hectic lifestyle. Obviously, within reason, you still actually need to feed them, pick up poop, bathe, walk them, vet check-ups, play and comfort your dog. It’s just some dogs are naturally less high maintenance. It will still be a massive commitment that you need to think long and hard over before you take the next step.

We will show you the dogs that we have thoroughly researched to be low maintenance. If you have taken the time to read some other articles before mine, some I read suggests a Doberman! That’s madness. Please don’t get a Doberman If you have a hectic lifestyle. It will be no good for you or the dog. If you’re seriously considering adding a dog to your family, see below the choices that we would highly recommend.

Small, low-maintenance dogs

Chihuahua
Chihuahua

Chihuahua

This particular breed of dogs is small, making them the perfect dog. They don’t leave much mess around due to their size, and they are very independent and often enjoy a little alone time, so a few hours here and there alone won’t hurt, their general health is overall pretty good. In terms of exercising, they need minimal 10 minutes a day. Grooming a Chihuahua, they need a brush now and then especially the long-haired ones as the coat can become tangled if left, but this would take a while. You don’t even have to get them groomed by a professional if you didn’t want too. The long-haired coat doesn’t tend to overgrow at all and generally falls out when it does. Nail clipping, well, there is no way of getting away from this, especially since they aren’t long walkers. Their claws are only small and take’s two minutes to clips them back.

  • Walking requirements = 10 to 15 minutes a day
  • Grooming requirements = 5-minute brush a week
  • Health conditions = Overall in good health
  • Barking = Average
  • Life expectancy = 12 to 20 years
Dachshund
Dachshund

Dachshund

Dachshunds have a cheerful outlook and can adapt quickly to changes. Small in size so travelling with them wouldn’t be a problem. They are easy to house train. They love to sleep and play when they can. Dachshunds coat doesn’t need much grooming a brush here, and there is enough. Even the long-haired dachshunds they also require just a brushing, no monthly trips to a professional groomer is needed. Because of a Dachshund long body and short legs, they don’t need walking too much. A stretch in the garden and around the house is enough. I do believe that all dogs should experience the outside, sniffing and exploring is what they love. However, ten minutes a day is sufficient.

  • Walking requirements = 10 to 15 minutes a day
  • Grooming requirements = 5-minute brush a week
  • Health conditions = Overall in okay health, although they can suffer from Intervertebral Disc Disease due to their long bodies.
  • Barking = Average
  • Life expectancy = 12 to 16 years
french bulldog
french bulldog

French Bulldog

The generally well-behaved French Bulldog is a perfect fit for a busy household; they are pretty chilled and can come across as quite lazy. French Bulldogs love to eat, so try not to overfeed them, or extra exercise will be needed. They need walking slightly more than a Chihuahua or Dachshund. A French Bulldog requires a minimum of 25 minutes a day, ideally split into two. They are somewhat a little bigger, usually small to medium in size, so they need a little bit more exercise. The good thing about a French Bulldog is they tend not to bark as much as other small dogs. They do have breathing problems do there shorter faces, especially when they tend to get older.

  • Walking requirements = 25 minutes a day
  • Grooming requirements = 5-minute brush a week
  • Health conditions = Some health conditions to be aware of due to their physical appearance
  • Barking = Below average
  • Life expectancy = 10 – 14 years
Pug
Pug

Pug

The Pug breed is calm, relaxed and cool. It has a worry-free attitude which makes them perfect stress-free companions. Grooming is minimal with a pug, although a hoover is needed since they shred their coats. The sad fact is that Pugs do have lousy health if you have ever seen a Pug their physical appearance on the face is called flat-faced, and this can cause breathing difficulties, as well as eye problems. Pugs need daily exercise since they are prone to weight gain they need around thirty minutes daily.

  • Walking requirements = 30 minutes a day
  • Grooming requirements = 5-minute brush a week
  • Health conditions = Some health conditions to be aware of due to their physical appearance
  • Barking = Way below average
  • Life expectancy = 12 – 15 years

Don’t be put off by the health issues; many dogs have health issues, especially when they get older. It’s due to the physical appearances in French Bulldog and Pugs, this is more noticeable and remembered. They are both beautiful breeds and hey make lovely family pets.

Always get pet insurance when you get your dog! Speaking from experience, it can be very costly without.

Summary

Dogs make us happy and I understand that you want a companion. So there you have it, the best low-maintenance dogs. But please don’t forget that dogs do need looking after just some are less needy than others and may fit around your lifestyle slightly better. However, If you feel like you can’t dedicate any time, then you should probably get a cat. Automatic feeder and a cat flap and you’re all set!

Good luck and if you choose any of the dogs listed above you will have a friend for life.

About the Author

Teresa loves animals and travelling around the UK! She currently has two dogs and two cats. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge of pets. Qualified Dog Groomer and currently studying Canine Behaviour. She has been part of the Dog Friendly Team since 2016

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